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The Legal Adviser at the Asian Development Bank's Institute in Tokyo since its establishment in 1997 and a public international lawyer and diplomatic historian. Adjunct professor of international and trade law at Temple University Japan, published authority on law of NGOs, worked in the United Nations system and OECD in Paris, and is a barrister and solicitor in Australia and an attorney-at-law in New York State.


Contact info

Asian Development Bank Institute

Kasumigaseki Building 8F
3-2-5 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, Japan, NY, 6008

Practice areas


  1. International Law: 50%
    27 years
  2. Contracts: 15%
    32 years
  3. Administrative Law: 15%
    19 years
  4. Employment: 10%
    19 years
  5. Other: 10%
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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Monbusho FellowJapanese Government1993
Peace ScholarRotary Foundation1983
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Legal Adviser & Senior Administrative OfficerAsian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo1997 - Present
Peace & Governance CoordinatorUnited Nations University, Tokyo1994 - 1996
Legal CounselAsian Development Bank1989 - 1993
Senior AssociateSkadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom1985 - 1989
N/ASolicitor at Arthur Robinson Hedderwicks, Melbourne1983 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Geneva Institute of Advanced Studies (HEI)Sabbatical scholar2006 - 2008
American Bar AssociationInternational law member1985 - 1993
Law Institute of VictoriaSolicitor member1982 - 2001
Fitzroy Legal ServiceNon-profit attorney1979 - 1983
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hyundai Heavy Industries v. ADBN/A
Ms. X v ADBPetitioner's claims and requests dismissed
Naoka Yamagishi v. ADBPetitioner's application unanimously dismissed
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Publication nameTitleDate
The HR Agenda Magazine, July-Sept ISSN 2186-277XOmbuds Services: Defusing Workplace Conflict2012
Geneva: Lulu BooksGlobal Standard NGOs: Essential Elements of Good Practice2007
ISBN 4-89974-013-1NGO Law and Governance2006
United Nations Press ISBN 92-808-0954-7Northeast Asian Regional Security1996
Transactions of the Institute of Eastern CultureA New Regime for UN Peace Operations: Overview of Domestic Frameworks Established by Japan and U.S.1994
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
London School of Economics and Political ScienceMacroeconomicsSummer program1997
Monash UniversityInternational RelationsPhD - Doctorate1991
Georgetown University Law CenterPublic International LawLL.M - Master of Laws1985
University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law SchoolLawLL.B. (Hons)1983
University of MelbourneArtsBA - Bachelor of Arts (Hons)1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Temple University Law School JapanInternational Trade Law2012
Hollywood v. HistoryFilm History2012
Temple University Law School JapanInternational Public Law2011
Temple University JapanIntroduction to NGO Legal Principles2011
Hollywood v. HistoryFilm History2011
Temple University Beasley School of Law - TokyoInternational Public Law2010
Temple University Beasley School of Law - TokyoInternational Trade Law2010
Temple Continuing Education ProgramGovernance and Legal Aspects of NGOs2010
Temple Continuing Education ProgramPersuasive Legal Writing All-day Seminar2010
Continuing Education Temple University JapanMasterclass in Legal Writing2010
Temple University School of LawPublic International Law2006
Continuing Education ProgramPrinciples of NGO Law2006
Temple University School of LawInternational Law2005
Continuing Education ProgramIntroduction to NGO Legal Principles2004
Continuing Education ProgramNGO Good Governance2003